An Introduction to Forum Role Playing

An Introduction to Forum Role Playing

As children we all played role playing games. Even if you weren't into the latest rpg on the Nintendo, you still engaged in role playing every time you play dress up or make believe. This playful practice was formalized into an actual game with rules when wizards of the coast introduced Dungeons and Dragons to the market. From there a variety of spin of card games, board games, and video games ensued. One of the most interesting incarnations is the creation of forum role playing games however.

A forum is a place where people can go online to have discussions with other people from around the world. The software lets them post answers and responses to one another in tandem, either using flat or threaded style formatting.

The role playing takes place when members of the forum each take on the identity of a fictional character. They then work together, responding back and forth in order to tell a story, which moves progressively forward as the various members respond to one another's inquiries.

As the story progresses the players can use either standard literary style to tell the story with quotation marks going around verbal responses from the character, while unenclosed text is used to indicate actions. In other forms, the text will be enclosed in some sort of literary marks, while the actual verbal responses are left unenclosed. The style you play will be determined by the specific site and its community guidelines.

In general other rules will apply to these games as well. Generally you won't be allowed to break character or go OOC (out of character) unless it's through private messaging. Sometimes there will also be a moderator that will direct the flow of the game. These people will often have their own thread specific rules which can be consulted on in private.

The interesting thing about forum role playing is that unlike in other forms, a forum allows the players to keep a record of their interactions, and the story that is created is almost a living book which is constantly growing and changing as more and more people participate .

This makes it as much an act of literary communion as it does a game. In the end the most important thing ends up being that the story you are telling is satisfying. This trumps the importance of keeping your own personal characters safe and out of trouble, or defeating other characters in tasks and challenges.

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An Introduction to Forum Role Playing

Choosing The Ideal Barnett Crossbow For Hunting

If you like to hunt with primitive equipment but want something a little more modern. The Barnett Quad 400 is an answer to your needs as a hunter and will bring high power speed for you out in the field; it has a 150 lb. pull, with a spit arm compound that will shoot an arrow at records speeds with an added plus of only weighing around 9 pounds with all the accessories. That is really great when you think about carrying this to your favorite hunting spot.

What can you expect with the Barnett Quad 400 crossbow? One of the main features that have be added is the lighter weight stock, called GAM. Barnett is the first to offer this along with a thumbhole grip and a 15 ½” power stroke which with all these features gives you more power to your arrow and helping it reach over 345 fps.

What type of game can you hunt with Barnett’s Quad 400? You can easily hunt deer or any other of that type of game or larger. Perfect for the field. This crossbow will not let you down.

What does GAM mean? It stands for Gas assisted Molding, which means you have a single piece that is hollowed out and is made with gas and composite are put into the mold at the same time and this gives the bow, extra strength and makes it more light weight compared to other bows.

This is great for a person wanting to carry a much lighter piece of equipment and it is much easier to shoot.

When looking at the Barnett Quad 400, the combination of the pistol grip with the thumbhole and the construction of the larger stock, makes this crossbow so much easier to hunt with as far as being more consistent and being more stable to shoot with, you can get your game down much faster and more accurately than with some of the more heavier bows on the market today.

So if you are in the market today for a crossbow that is lightweight, top of the line brand name, Fast shooting, High tech that is for taking down a deer this year. Look no farther than the Barnett Quad 400 crossbow, then be sure to have it in your arsenal this year when Deer season comes in, you will be the one to get that big buck this year.

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What All the Fuss is About PlayStation Games?

The gaming industry has taken the world by storm, with each passing day a new and improved series of games are being released into the market for gamers to enjoy. Virtually everyone is playing these video games from small kids to teenagers and now there are even some adults who actually can’t get enough of these games. With each day bringing forth new technology, the industry has continuously being on the fast track as far as growth is concerned and this has lead to the development of devices which have propelled video game playing to all new heights. With playing devices such as the PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and the Game Boy slowly people are being drawn by the lure of the entertainment they bring.

Rather than watching a movie or doing other recreational activities like going for swimming or just watching television, more and more people are opting to play with the PlayStation, be it the model 1 or 2. With PlayStation games becoming cheaper and cheaper, you can now buy all the latest versions straight from your computer. Some of the most famous and enjoyable PlayStation games out there in the market are the need for speed, grand theft auto and smack down. The graphic of some of the versions is unbelievable, it’s so real that when you are playing you can actually see and feel like you are inside the screen. As you have total control over what ever is going on in the screen.

Playing PlayStation games is a relaxing activity that lets you escape the day to day stress into a world that you can do anything you like. In need for speed you get to race around a special designed course with fast racing cars which have added extra features in them, like the nitrous oxide turbo booster which makes the race even more exiting. Also while playing there are cops who will try and burst you for high speed racing so you have to try and avoid the cops while still trying to win the race. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well it is all that and so much more. There are thousands of PlayStation games to choose from out there in the market, from adventure to football and so much more.

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Just Dance Versus Dance Central – Which Is Better?

So you got an Xbox/Wii/PS3/PS4/Xbox One but don’t know which motion sensing dance games to buy. It can be a difficult decision being that there is almost an over saturation of dance games for all the current and last generation consoles.

I personally prefer the Xbox 360 and Xbox One as I find the motion sensing via the Kinect and Kinect 2 sensor are far more superior to the other consoles motion sensing peripherals.

Aside from that, Dance Central and Just Dance have some differences but are similar in many ways. Just Dance is more suited to those wanting to just have fun. Dance Central is more suited to those wanting to learn how to dance.

Dance Central is developed by Harmonix, who previously created the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games. Just Dance is created by Ubisoft which isn’t quite known for their music or rhythm games.

Dance Central has been claimed to be the best selling dance game series so far. Dance Central was also one of the launch titles when the Kinect sensor first came out (previously called Project Natal when in development).

Just Dance has a pretty big following as well, with the first few games only being released for the Wii (later released as Greatest hits on other consoles). Just Dance is available on all current and last generation consoles. Just Dance has even released games for the PS4 and Xbox One (so far dance central has been shelved and is not in development for current systems).

Dance Central is more realistic and has more variable difficulty. Songs in Dance Central are graded from 1 to 5 stars based on difficulty. You can also choose individual difficulty for each song as well, ranging from beginner to hard. As you progress through the lower difficulty moves you can move onto the harder difficulties to try it out.

As the difficulty for the song is increased (by the player’s choice), the moves become more difficult and faster paced. They also build upon previous difficulties dance moves, with hard difficulty incorporating moves from easy and medium with new added moves. One minor drawback to Dance Central is that the dance moves don’t always flow as much as they do in Just Dance which I find to be a minor setback.

There is also a practice mode In Dance Central you can use to practice moves of a particular song. You can slow down the song, practice certain parts practice the whole song in practice mode.

Just Dance on the other hand doesn’t have any practice mode. Most of the songs have normal or hard difficulty and most songs are typically faster paced (more of a workout if that’s what you are looking for). Just Dance has flashcards for the upcoming dance moves scrolled across the bottom (going right to left) as you dance to the choreographed dance of the onscreen character to the song you chose.

Dance Central uses a similar system but has flashcards with the names of the dance moves, scrolled from bottom to top on the right or left side as you follow the on screen dancer/character dance to the song.

Just Dance allows you to unlock songs using mojo points (and in Just Dance 2014 Xbox Live points, Wii points/ PSN points) to unlock new/alternate dance routines for songs, mashups and battles. You can also download new songs via points or money (depending on system you are playing on).

In Dance Central you have the option of importing songs from previous dance central titles as well as new songs via DLC with points or money. With this you can create quite a large library of songs on one game with up to 100-200 songs on one game. With Just Dance you typically have to change game discs to get more songs or play different songs.

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The Top 5 Forgotten N64 Games

The N64 was not the finest hour for Nintendo. The decision to stick with cartridges not only made games for the system more expensive, but also forced some publishers to take their games to PlayStation knowing that the CD format was cheaper to use and allowed them more storage. One of the most famous games to abandon Nintendo due to the hardware limitations of cartridges was, of course, Final Fantasy VII. The seventh instalment in the JRPG franchise went on to be a massive hit and was almost single-handedly responsible for selling the first PlayStation to Japanese gamers. The rest, as they say, is history.

But the N64 is remembered for more than dodgy hardware decisions and a somewhat ridiculous controller. The system is remembered for some stellar games, too. GoldenEye was hugely important for consoles as one of the first console FPS games fully embraced by the mainstream. Ocarina of Time took the familiar Zelda formula and applied it expertly to three dimensions, with the game often featuring alongside the aforementioned Final Fantasy VII when having conversations about the greatest games of all time. And of course there was Mario 64, which effectively showed the world just how good 3D platform games could be.

As any comedian will tell you, they can’t all be zingers, though. For one reason or another, not every game makes the splash that it really ought to. Some are destined to be underrated. Some cult classics. And others to be nothing more than a name that you struggle to get off the tip of your tongue when talking with your friends.

With that in mind, here’s the top 5 forgotten N64 games.


Gamers that owned the original PlayStation will likely wax lyrical about a little game called Metal Gear Solid. It was one of the first console stealth-action games to really make an impact on the mainstream market, and after the success of the first Solid game the series became an important flagship for the PlayStation console. What few gamers remember though, is that the N64 had a stealth-action game of its own though in WinBack. Featuring ahead-of-its-time cover based shooting and some not-quite-MGS stealth mechanics, WinBack was a great game that was sadly in the wrong place at the wrong time. Metal Gear Solid went on to be one of the biggest series’ in gaming, and WinBack went on to be number 5 in our forgotten N64 games list.


Tetris is a hugely important game. One of the best selling titles of all time, and one that was a massive money-spinner for Nintendo on Game Boy, the ultra-popular puzzle game so successfully transcended the gaming medium that it’s up there with Pac-Man and Pong in the list of games that even your Grandpa has heard of. One thing Gramps almost certainly won’t have heard of though, is Tetrisphere. Just like you might have figured out from the name, Tetrisphere was essentially Tetris played, well, on a sphere. Eschewing all notions of the idea that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, Tetrisphere was one of the few games that managed to put a new spin on an old classic and not leave everyone involved red faced.

Blast Corps

Blast Corps was a game of little finesse. There’s no elaborate story to follow. There’s no emotional connection to characters. There are no delusions of grandeur. This is a game in which you drive trucks through cities and suburbs and smash them up real good. And that’s about it. The trucks never handled particularly well, and the forced repetition of levels could certainly grate, but there was something incredibly satisfying about reducing a city to rubble using just one little truck.

Beetle Adventure Racing

On the surface, Beetle Adventure Racing might sound like little more than a cash-in or an advertisement dressed up as a game, but to the surprise of anyone who played it, the game was a rare treat. Access to some parts of the game was cut off in the beginning with the player charged with unlocking them via exploration and standard racing throughout a massively enjoyable single player experience. The focus on exploration as well as more traditional racing didn’t quite make it an open world racer like we see today, but it was certainly ahead of its time. And the local multiplayer? It was up there with GoldenEye for the most fun you could have on the system.

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber

Okay, let’s get it out of the way. Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber has an absolutely ridiculous name. And that might well have contributed to the cartridge not landing on many Christmas lists all those years ago, bagging Ogre Battle the dubious honour of being number one on our list of forgotten N64 games. The overlooked role playing game featured a huge branching story, some decision making, and a surprising amount of replay value thanks to the way the world would change based on your actions. While you’ll likely get nothing but bewildered looks if you try talking about the game with many gamers today, Ogre Battle was a wonderful RPG and one that any self-respecting fan of retro gaming should endeavour to try out.

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